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Oklahoma Legislature Passes Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban

HeadlineMay 20, 2022

Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a bill that bans nearly all abortions starting at fertilization. The measure now heads to Republican Governor Kevin Stitt, who’s promised to sign what will become the nation’s strictest anti-abortion law. The legislation allows anyone to sue doctors who perform abortions or anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion — modeled on Texas’s anti-abortion law that took effect in September. The Oklahoma Legislature also approved a bill Thursday banning transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Democratic Oklahoma state Representative Mauree Turner spoke out against both measures during floor debate Thursday.

Rep. Mauree Turner: “I hope that folks truly understand that the author of this bill has not run any legislation that’s actually going to protect life in Oklahoma. When we are facing a time where folks are having to ration the formula that they are giving their babies, or we are suffering from doctors, lawyers, educators leaving the state because we are not creating a safe space but a place where Big Brother is always watching you, this is not how we create community or save it. Please vote no.”

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